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Isabella Louisa KNELL

18431 - 1913


Life History


Born in Walworth, Surrey.1


Occupation Milliner.2


Resident in Newington, 2 Rufus Terrace {lodger}.2


Birth of son Arthur Henry Knell LANGLOIS in Walworth, Surrey.8,1


Married Henry LANGLOIS in Newington

25th Mar 1873

Beneficiary in Walworth, Surrey.3

In the will of her husband Henry Langlois

19th Sep 1873

Death of Henry LANGLOIS in Walworth, Surrey

6th Oct 1873

Executor in ,London.3

Of the estate of her husband Henry Langlois

25th Dec 1875

Married Walter William KINGSMAN in Auckland, New Zealand.4

Apr 1877

Court case in Auckland, New Zealand.4

Isabella Kingsman obtained a court order protecting her property from the debts of her estranged husband.

Nov 1878

Court case in ,London.4

Isabella Kingsman sued her father-in-law Thomas Kingsman for rents that he had collected for her but had not handed over.

Dec 1880

Court case in ,London.5

Isabella Kingsman sued her father-in-law Thomas Kingsman for rents that he had collected for her but had not handed over. She lost, but took the case to Appeal at the High Court, which action she won.

3rd Apr 1881

Recorded in census in Walworth, Surrey (Alvey Road #82).1


Occupation Dressmaker.6


Resident in Dulwich, 10 Allendale Road.6


Occupation Living on own means.7


Resident in Lambeth, 13 Solon Road.7


Died in Thanet, Kent



    20th September 1875

    ...Miss Louisa Langlois, Master Arthur Langlois, Mr W W Kingsman...

    [Daily Southern Cross, Volume XXXI, Issue 5632, 30 September 1875, Page 2]

  • 25th December 1875, Isabella Langlois (born c1843) a widow married William W Kingsman in Auckland, New Zealand.  The previous day the couple made a settlement to each other that Isabella's property of 2 rented houses in Walworth and a house in Walworth for her own means left in the will of her first husband would remain her property and not become William's property.  No trustee to this settlement was appointed.

    Previous to this, rent on these properties had been collected by William's father by arrangement with Mr Langlois.  He had taken a percentage and forwarded the balance.

    Mr Langlois left a will and William's father and Isabella Langlois were co-trustees of it.

    After the marriage William's father failed to pay a portion of the money collected on the two houses which totalled ?104 4s 6d.  His argument was that he was being paid as a trustee and that Isabella could not give a receipt.

    Isabella (now Kingsman) was deserted by her husband and, on 14th April 1877 obtained an order from a magistrate in Auckland, New Zealand.  This order was to protect her property and earnings acquired from her husband - the order being back dated to her marriage.

    Isabella came back to England on 24th August 1878 and didn't know where her husband was and wanted to claim the money due her from his father.  Hence the Court of Appeal, Kingsman vs. Kingsman.

    She won in the end and costs were awarded against William's father.

    In the 1881 census, Isabella Kingsman aged 38, married, born Walworth was living with her son Arthur Langlois (aged 19, a builder, born Walworth) at 82 Alvey Road, Newington.


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